Driverless Cars and the City. Volterra’s Paul Buchanan speaker at conference.

Driverless TrainThe emergence of autonomous vehicles will have far reaching implications for cities, planners, real estate and the wider urban environment. Going beyond the technology, Urban Land Institute’s conference Driverless Cars and the City, explored the implications for cities, mobility and the possible changes to urban realm. It was aimed at complementing initiatives delivered by Greater London Authority and London Transport Museum across the following themes:

Challenging the current thinking of how Driverless Cars will impact urban realm

Future autonomous transport systems – will they make urban mobility better or worse?

Emerging and anticipated technology – 3D movement modelling and city implications

How Driverless Cars could reshape the city scape

Precedents and city opportunities from current trials

Real Estate and insurance implications

Leading economist and transport specialist Paul Buchanan spoke about Economic, planning and investment policy implications. Paul’s priorities were managing road-space, the impact on Buses, Pedestrians and Cyclists and Legislation. In a lively discussion there was much debate about linking data, smart cities and systems and making them all work together.

Image: Red Line Metro in Dubai by Tim Adams is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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